Joy Johnson: The 86 Year Old Marathon Runner

"I'll be at the back of the pack, but I don't mind. I just praise the Lord I can get out of bed each morning and run. A lot of people my age are in wheelchairs."

American sports broadcaster ESPN is currently publishing a series of short films and we have been very inspired by the incredible story of Joy Johnson, who died in 2013 after completing her 25th New York Marathon.

Johnson was a gym teacher who took up running aged 59, she went on to complete around 11 races a year. In 2011 she became New York City’s oldest woman marathon runner, when she completed the race aged 84.

During her final race in 2013 she fell and hit her head but insisted on finishing, she died the following day. Ahead of the marathon she said: "I always say I'm going to run until I drop, "I'm going to die in my tennis shoes. I just don't know when I'm going to quit."

Video by ESPN.

 

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